Eat your Water – The New Science on Hydration
Drink 8 glasses of water. Where did this number come from anyway?
In 1945, the U.S. Food and Nutrition Board recommended people to drink 2.5 liters of water a day!
However, we missed the full story of the recommendation. “Most of this quantity is contained in prepared foods,” said the full report. What ‘prepared’ foods meant back then, is a mystery but what they probably meant was that we must consume water through eating fruits and vegetables which are water-rich.
There is no study really that proves that 8 glasses of water is the ideal daily consumption of fluids to stay hydrated
How missing one sentence can change the destiny of the human race!
Evidence in the Real World
Let’s explore a tribe in Mexico that is dispelling the 8-glass-water myth in style!
Tarahumara Indians of Mexico are known to perform at an elite level in distance running. Best of all, they don’t need fancy shoes with advanced cushioning. They do it in simple sandals made from old pieces of rubber and leather straps around their ankles.
Well if you have more than 50 miles to run non-stop, you better have your hydration systems in check.
The Tarahumara use simply chia seeds mixed in water as their pre-run ritual to ensure optimal hydration for their long arduous journeys
What is in Chia Seeds that a simple glass of water can not provide?
They have a high propensity to absorb water so when you soak in water, they tend to swell up to 10x their original size and form a gel-like consistency.
The Real Science of Hydration
Coincidentally, optimal hydration at a cellular level forms a gel-like consistency so our bodies find it much simpler to absorb this gel form of water which has a different molecular structure.
Groundbreaking research at Harvard and Cornell University claims that water in our cells and plant cells is actually H3O2. Basically, it is gel-like water that has been charged with electrolytes.
Gerald Pollack, Ph.D., head of The University of Washington’s Pollack Water Lab has studied how this gel water acts as fuel “for every action of every cell”. Now that does sound like something we all would welcome!
So you might drink a lot of water but it merely passes out through your urine. Another myth that needs to be revisited is that having clear urine means you are well hydrated. Well, that actually means that water is merely passing through your system without the cells actually using it.
People are guzzling water in a record-breaking fashion but still, 75 million of us are still dehydrated and overweight. Why?
There are so many elements in our environment and lifestyle that steal hydration from our system and add to that, inappropriate systems to rehydrate. The perfect recipe for a really dry affair.
“We may not get enough water in our cells, where it’s crucial for metabolism and countless other functions” exclaims Dana Cohen, MD, author of Quench: Beat Fatigue, Drop Weight and Heal Your Body Through the New Science of Optimum Hydration. She notes that more gel water in our routines “is one of the best things you can do for your body. I’ve seen amazing results in hundreds of patients”
Another key advantage highlighted by her is that the dense form of the gel makes it less likely to leak out of damaged or aging cells!
When it comes to healing, we must credit ourselves as a society to want to move away from the dominating medical system of pharmaceuticals and explore the possibility of healing foods and herbs.
But we must realize that our Breath and Hydration are way bigger elements that impact our health. Food is just a small part of the story
We will leave Breathwork for another article and stick to Hydration here.
The solution is simple if applied. Start ‘Eating your Water’
Choose Water-Rich Foods
Here, we provide you a list of hydration- rich foods that contain water that is way more bioavailable for your body. (Give the highest preference to those foods that have a gel-like substance in them)
- Soaked Chia Seeds
- Aloe Vera
- Cucumber (96% water, highest of any food source)
- And many many more
It is recommended to have six servings of gel-water-rich foods daily. A simple hack is that if you consume some dehydrating foods, just increase the intake of gel foods to compensate and that could help!
CBD and Hydration
Another important step you can take to further optimize your hydration levels is consuming Full Spectrum CBD oil which has MCT oil
“Water enters cells through an oil-guarded membrane,” Cohen says. “Good fats, especially omega-3s, keep membranes supple, increasing absorption.”
CBD oil provides you with these good fats to allow better transfusion of water at the cell walls.
Get Started Here
Commit to hydration and with the knowledge in this article, you are ready to get started. We are on a mission to not just inform you about the steps you can take to a better life but equip you with all the tools necessary to apply all that you learn. Some tips here might help you
- Make habits and convert your wish into a plan. Don’t make big changes. Commit to just one water-rich food and enjoy its flavors and the gel in it! Give yourself a variety to make the journey exciting!
- Do not overdo it. You cannot make up for all those dehydrating years in one day 😉 Stop when you feel satiated
- Slow down when you drink water. It is not about quantity but quality. The more you let the water rest in your mouth, the better it is absorbed
- Do not drink water after meals. You need your digestive fire to do its job of breaking down food and water can interfere with your fire and cause indigestion
- Do not drink from low quality plastic bottles as much as possible. Some toxins from the plastic might seep into your water
- One habit we highly recommend you to adopt is drinking ample amounts of water, preferably with soaked chia seeds or infused with some fruit to start your day on a hydrating note! This can be especially advantageous as sleeping causes a long period with no intake of any form of water.
- Avoid drinking water at night though as it can disrupt your sleep due to frequent washroom trips in the middle of the night.